Thinking about going natural? Transition from relaxed to natural hair in these 10 easy steps. Natural hair is attainable if you stick with it and don’t give up!
Big chop or transition? Your Choice!
You’ll have to decide whether to do the big chop or transition. It’s your personal choice but there are some pros and cons to both options. Doing the big chop can be liberating and the less challenging option. However there’s the shock of being nearly bald that many women don’t find appealing. I personally decided to transition and only wore protective styles. I tried to transition years before but gave up trying to deal with the two textures. So I was pleased to find that braids, wigs and weaves really made transitioning a breeze for me.
Start cutting away!
If you’re not comfortable cutting your own hair go see a stylist. Even if you’ve decided against the big chop you will still need to get rid of your relaxed hair as soon as possible. You won’t be able to have the complete natural hair experience until you do.
Engage with the natural hair community.
Follow some natural hair care blogs and online hair care communities. You’re in the right place if you’ve landed here. Growing and maintaining your natural hair will take some trial and error. It’s ultimately up to you to research and implement tips that may work for your specific texture.
Find your product staples.
Research products that will help you tame, nourish and grow your natural mane. Whether you’re natural or relaxed it’s best to find products that don’t contain harsh chemicals like sulfates and mineral oil. Make sure to pick up some natural oils like coconut or castor oil and don’t forget the Shea butter!
Building an easy-to-follow hair care regimen.
Your regimen should be tailored to your specific hair type and lifestyle. Things may change as you go along but definitely start out simple so that you’re not overwhelmed. Think wash, deep condition and style. There are several treatments that you can implement every now and again to give your hair more moisture or strengthening.
Put away your heat tools.
For a while at least. The whole point of going natural should be to embrace your natural texture and curl definition. Even if you have a kinkier texture it’s best to take the time to figure out how to style and maintain your hair in it’s natural state. Using heat now and again on healthy natural hair won’t hurt but excessive heat usage can cause heat damage. Do yourself a favor and get a sew in or wear a wig if you want that bone straight look.
Find low maintenance hairstyles that you love.
This is more so for those who are transitioning or who have at least a mini fro after doing the big chop. Bantu knots, twists and braid outs are a great way to blend the two textures when transitioning. Avoid tight ponytails and combing your hair too much.
Lead a healthy lifestyle.
Get your beauty rest, drink more water, and get some exercise. Your hair, skin and body will thank you for taking care of yourself better. Make sure you’re taking a multi-vitamin to get all of your daily nutrients.
Listen to your hair.
Your hair will react according to the care you provide it. Your hair shouldn’t be overly dry, super tangled and unmanageable simply because you’re natural. If it is, then you need to go back to the drawing board and figure out where you’re going wrong. Don’t hesitate to seek hands on help from a natural hair stylist.
Don’t give up!
This journey will bring you joy at the same time it may challenge your self-confidence and patience. You will not achieve Diana Ross volume and length overnight. If Ever. lol Your journey is your own and the health of you hair is the most important thing. So take care of yourself and nurture your mane as it grows.